Public Programming? Pedagogical Practices
in a Missing Europe.
Study Day at Middlesex University, 30 June 2016.
Ben Cranfield: After the Archon, or,
towards a shared inheritance of the in-between.
Much is made of Derrida’s footnote in Archive Fever where he states that
‘effective democratisation can always be measured by this essential criterion:
the participation in and the access to the archive.’ But is it simply the
technical accessibility of the archive that acts as guarantor and sign of
democracy? Or might truly democratic spaces require non-authoritarian ways of
configuring and engaging with the archive? Drawing on my work with the archives
of arts institutions and an on-going collaboration with the artist collective
Fourthland, I want to explore how the archive might offer up examples of, and
provide a space for, cultural practices of the in-between that defy singular
ownership and authority.
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